NDBF denies role in Bodoland clashes; CM smells NDFB’s hand
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  • At least fifty-three people have died and about 100,000 people have taken shelter in relief camps after four days of violence in Assam’s Bodo dominated areas. The group clashes began in Udalguri and Darrang on October 3. The state government put the National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB), which is currently under a ceasefire agreement, under the scanner for its alleged role in the ethnic riots. Meanwhile, on October 5, the Bodoland Territorial Council CEM Hagrama Mohilary said the NDFB was behind the riots. On the other hand, NDFB general secretary Gobinda Basumatary has denied its involvement in the ethnic clashes1.

    Meanwhile, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) and the All Bodo Students’ Union (ABSU) on October 6 termed the acts of violence in Udalguri and Darrang as organised attacks on the indigenous people of Assam by the forces of Bangladeshi migrants backed by fundamentalists and anti-India groups. Addressing a joint news conference, the leaders of the two students’ unions said the state machinery had completely failed to stop attacks on the indigenous people. ABSU president Rwngwra Narzary alleged that fundamentalist elements from Morigaon and Nagaon had been infiltrating into the two districts to help the Bangladeshis carry out attacks on the indigenous people. Commenting on the government’s claim that the NDFB was behind these attacks, Narzary said it was a ploy of the government to hide the reality and “give protection to the Bangladeshis”2.

    Meanwhile, forty-six militants from various outfits, 26 of them from ULFA, surrendered before the general-officer-commanding of the 2 Mountain Division, Maj. Gen. Jatinder Singh, and other officials during a ceremony at the division’s Dinjan headquarters at Dibrugarh on October 6. The militants deposited 31 pistols and revolvers, 12 grenades, one shotgun and some ammunition3.